The Night Land, a Story Retold



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James Stoddard grew up in the Oklahoma Panhandle His short stories have been published in professional SF publications such as Lightspeed and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction His first published novel, The High House, won the Compton Crook Award for Best First Novel, and was nominated for several other awards When he isn t writing or composing music, he teaches Sound Engineering to R

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  • Paperback
  • 284 pages
  • The Night Land, a Story Retold
  • James Stoddard
  • English
  • 17 November 2018
  • 9780615508818

10 thoughts on “The Night Land, a Story Retold

  1. says:

    The Night Land was described by H.P Lovecraft in the following fashion It is told in a rather clumsy fashion, as the dreams of a man in the seventeenth century, whose mind merges with its own future incarnation and is seriously marred by painful verboseness, repetitiousness, artificial and nauseously sticky romantic sentimentality, and an attempt at archaic language even grotesque and absurd than that in Glen Carrig Allowing for all its faults, it is yet one of the most potent pieces of macabre imagination ever written The picture of a night black, dead planet, with the remains of the human race concentrated in a stupendously vast metal pyramid and besieged by monstrous, hybrid, and altogether unknown forces of the darkness, is something that no reader can ever forget Shapes and entities of an altogether non human and inconceivable sort the prowlers of the black, man forsaken, and unexplored world outside the pyramid are suggested and partly described with ineffable potency while the night land landscape with its chasms and slopes and dying volcanism takes on an almost sentient terror beneath the author s touch Midway in the book the central figure ventures outside the pyramid on a quest through death haunted realms untrod by man for millions of years and in his slow, minutely described, day by day progress over unthinkable leagues of immemorial blackness there is a sense of cosmic alienage, breathless mystery, and terrified expectancy unrivalled in the whole ra...

  2. says:

    The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson is an acknowledged fantasy classic an extraordinary creation of an immensely far future dying Earth where humanity huddles in a Great Redoubt The dark imaginative power of the novel was admired by H.P.Lovecraft, C.S Lewis, Clarke Ashton Smith and Lin Carter Possibly it influenced Jack Vance s Dying Earth sequence It certainly inspired the group of brilliant novellas by John C Wright published in Awake In the Night Land So why did James Stoddard bother to retell the story The answer lies in some flaws which seriously annoy modern readers Firstly, the story uses a frame device It is evidently a dream vision of an unnamed Victorian narrator who finds himself living as an alter ego in an incredibly distant far future The Victorian narrator has lost his one true love Mirdath the Beautiful whom he rescues from a group of ruffians His future self find his love in Naani and must rescue her from a lesser doomed Redoubt Now there is nothing wrong with using a time mirror frame The problem lies in that the hero and Mirdath are mere stereotypes with no personalities to engage the reader They are simply boring and the frame seems an artificial mechanism the story could do without A second problem for the reader is the art...

  3. says:

    The story focuses entirely on the two lovers, and explores almost nothing about the state of the world While the premise is original and exiting, and the world building is excellent the story never go s beyond mere action sequences There are lots of forgettable fights near firepits, that add very little to the plot, and just get tiring The hero never does anything...

  4. says:

    Definitely readable than the original version Naani was also less annoying The ending gave very little catharsis to me, though I mean, I get it, Hodgson is obscure He s kind of dull Stoddard sorta fixed the original issues and I am fairly certain he s talented But, well, Night Land just talks about the love interests rather than, you know, the way...

  5. says:

    Without a doubt one of the most lovely romance stories I ve read in recent time, not to mention the horrying depiction of that terrifying place the Night Land, home to the Last Redoubt.I am certain, completely and absolutely assured, that I will never forget the adventure this book tells about It is wonderfully and professionally rewritten, and though I have yet to re...

  6. says:

    Ein Buch ber Liebe wie Verzweiflung Die vermutlich im Gegensatz zum Original einfache Sprache funktioniert wunderbar und verst rkt auf eine seltsame Art die D sternis des Night Lands Das Buch lebt vom interessanten Setting, dass ich gerne noch weiter ausgebaut gesehen h tte aber alles, was erkl rbar und erkundbar ist, verliert an Schrecken dieser ist ja vorrangig durch die schiere Andersartigkeit der Di...

  7. says:

    2.5 Stars I know it s famous for the romance, but the shallow immaturity of it really turned me off I get how Andros has the burning passion of youth, but Andrew seems to have no perspective after years of m...

  8. says:

    Makes a lost classic accessible to a modern audience The Night Land is an early masterpiece of science fiction, fantasy, horror, adventure and romance inventing the Dying Earth sub genre of speculative fiction.Brilliant voice performance.A must listen for fans of the Balla...

  9. says:

    I was already a fan of Stoddard s Evenmere books AND the original book, so this modern translation is like a dream come true If you like sci fi fantasy that is strange and wildly imaginative, this is a book you should check out The original is a bit ponderous due to the archaic language.

  10. says:

    InterestingHaving read Wright s books on the Night Land, I looked forward to reading this one I was very pleased with the story and found the different areas of the Night Land interesting and satisfying to discover.

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